Physics is exciting because it is all about how and why the world works. We think of it as a practical subject, so pupils will learn Physics by doing lots of practical work. It is a very important subject for those wishing to study engineering, science, electronics or computer science or for those who want a career in medicine, or any science-based area.

It is taught as a separate science subject and includes a large element of practical work in the course. Outside the classroom is a thriving Lego Robotics Club, regular visits to lectures at Birmingham University, and participation in the Engineering Education Scheme. The department is well resourced and we try to teach in a wide variety of ways to give pupils a really sound understanding.

Years Seven and Eight provide an introductory course developed to excite pupils' interest in the subject as well as lay the foundations for learning more about it through to Year Eleven, where pupils may sit GCSEs in three separate sciences. However, a dual award science is possible if that is more appropriate.

We have adopted the AQA A Level course. This includes studying exciting areas such as: quantum mechanics, fundamental particles, relativity and astrophysics. There is no coursework but students must complete a set of required experiments to demonstrate their practical competence.

Highlights

  • High proportion of placements at university doing physical sciences and engineering
  • Most Year Eleven take the IGCSE, giving them a fuller preparation for A Level studies; dual award option available
  • Regular trips to Birmingham University for Sixth Form lectures
  • Excellent Oxbridge record